Actually, it’s an utter lie. As a person who says “ My way or highway” or “We’ll do it my way’ a lot, I wouldn’t last a day on a receiving orders end. But I have been browsing old family photographs the other day and spotted a photograph of my uncle, a colonel in air forces looking rather stylish in his uniform (I guess love for all things flying runs in the family). Inspired, I decided to play make believe and get dressed up in military looking clothes.
The military trend is in again (although seeing a plethora of camel coats on the streets of London would have you believe otherwise) but army inspired clothes, once sported by the likes of Marlin Monroe and John Lennon, never really went away.
From Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver, through Balmain catwalk to Kate Moss, military clothes are synonymous with off duty cool, certain nonchalance which comes from wearing oversized items and not caring about looking sexy.
As with everything in fashion, to avoid looking like in a costume, one ought to chose an element, perhaps two and smartly play with references. But of course rules are meant to be broken and I’ve learned observing the masters.
Have you ever seen Ralph Lauren’s Spanish collection circa 2012? Forget about references, he went all out with ruffles, boleros, Zorro hats, flamenco skirts and basically bells and whistles.
I had fun pretending I’m a pilot (who else?), wearing my H&M overalls and Miss Selfridge coat (previous collection) with brass buttons. The grey jacket I’m wearing was inspired by a Polish army circa 1920 and was made to order.
One word about tank tops- that unassuming simple thing has an ability to elevate the outfit from ordinary to cool in one great swoop. It need not be expensive- H&M makes them perfectly.
My boots are from Prima Moda. The remind me of “proper” officer’s shoes, black and straight and making me stomp around, ready to give orders.